Luigi Ferrando Carema "Etichetta Nera" 2017 750ml

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The Ferrandos only produce their legendary black-label Carema when the vintage allows for it, and it never comprises more than a fifth of their total production. To be labeled as “Etichetta Nera,” the wine must first be selected in the vineyard as worthy; then, it must pass muster post-malolactic-fermentation; and finally, a third verification is performed at the end of the three-year barrel aging. Raised entirely in a mix of used 250- and 500-liter French-oak casks, the 2017 “Etichetta Nera” interestingly shows a similar weight to its brother above (it is frequently more voluminous in its youth), yet with a slightly firmer structure and a sense of sappy saturation to the fruit.